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Who Is At Risk for Delirium?

Delirium happens most often in older adults. It can happen when a person is in an unfamiliar place, such as a hospital. It is common after surgery or during any serious illness. Other causes include drug abuse, withdrawal from drug abuse, certain medicines, toxins, and infections.

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About Delirium

Delirium is a sudden change in a person’s mental state. It causes problems with attention, thinking, memory, and emotion. It is seen as a medical emergency.

For Caregivers

Delirium often goes unnoticed in older adults. Learn about the signs of delirium so you can recognize it if it happens to your loved one.


Delirium is a common condition that can be treated. But prevention is important. If delirium is not treated right away, it can cause permanent problems for the person.

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